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Spygate the Untold Story Hardcover – 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 270 pages
  • Publisher: KLR Publishing LLC; 1st edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985467002
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985467005
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,021,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I ordered this shortly before Christmas 2014 and finished it as the 2015 DeflateGate scandal erupted. Very timely in that regard..

O'Leary tackles the subject of Patriots cheating that had been conspicuously ignored by the mainstream press, but obviously has a latent interest level based on the national explosion of Patriot skepticism/disdain that has erupted in 2015.

It is a collection of actual and alleged misdeeds reported in some manner during the Belichick era. This is a self-funded/self-published book, so do not expect this section to contain new investigative content, just a compilation of what was published before.

The book is more successful in offering analysis and approaches to make some sense about the motivations and results of the Patriots cheating culture. Yes, a lot of it is conjecture -- but given Belichick's defiant secrecy firewall and philosophy of ''plausible deniability' -- it's becomes even more of a mystery, therefore conjecture becomes a useful analytic approach. Of particular interest is the 'follow the money' narrative of who benefits most from Patriots cheating -- that effectively ties together Goodell/Kraft/CBS (through Sumner Redstone). Don't expect that one to pop up on 60 Minutes!

There is no doubt that the Belichick era success in an outlier -- both is magnitude and longevity. You can't say that he has drafted well, retained players (other than the indispensable QB Brady), paid well or invented a hallmark football strategy. Unfortunately, Belichick's track record, personality and defiant business approach create doubts about his ethics and fair play. This book gives some good perspectives on the whole issue. Maybe someday we will be able to bridge out of speculation and understand what really happened.
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I heard an interview with the author on a radio this week, after the latest Patriots cheating scandal. I was intrigued and this book is extremely well researched. I hope the author updates it to include the most recent allegations against the Cheatriots.
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This was a very compelling read, and delivered plenty of strong evidence that the NFL was put in an incredibly difficult position by the Spygate scandal. For while it's true that the penalties probably didn't adequately measure up to the crime, it's also true that a more public, punitive investigation could have done irreparable damage to the league's credibility.
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Interesting history of an important topic. A fast and interesting read. Rather than a dispassionate telling of events and facts, however, the story is told at the outset from a perspective that assumes a conspiracy of Patriots management and the NFL hierarchy. This may be true, but the book left me wanting to hear the other side of the story in greater detail.
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Here’s what Mortensen wrote: “The league also was reviewing a possible violation into the number of radio frequencies the Patriots were using during Sunday's game, sources said.” O’Leary rewrote this in the first chapter as “the Patriots were also found to be in violation of exceeding the number of radio frequencies they were allowed to use during a game.” Later, he wrote it this way: “Chris Mortensen of ESPN reported that the NFL had caught the Patriots using an alternate radio frequency in violation of NFL rules.”

Why did you rewrite the Mortensen report Bryan? Can you explain yourself?
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Excellent tell all. The author provides, details, extensive research and footnotes. My question is how much hush money was Matt Walsh paid? The NFL is big money it's not hard to understand why the NFL destroyed the tapes before any outside source (see Senators in Washington) could view the misconduct or the networks and media that are in bed with the NFL failed to do any investigative research. This is a book that every football fan needs to read. The Patriots deserve zero credit for anything that organization has accomplished over the years. There's no question that the NFL wants this to disappear, we'd see numerous lawsuits against the author by named subjects if O'Leary didn't have as much evidence as he provides. Keep in mind Belicheck never admitted that he was cheating only not understanding the rules The book lets the reader draw their own conclusion but there is plenty of evidence that the Patriots are still cheating to this day. Just going about it differently if human nature is the barometer.
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I am a diehard pats fan but this book was still interesting. The book was obviously not a 100% fact based and had major opinions in it but it was still a good read. My favorite part of the book was at the end, where the stats were displayed and explained. I would recommend this book to anyone that is into NFL and New England Patriots. As a pats fan, I believe that the "cheating" was not a big deal and other teams have done things to try to get a competitive advantage as well, ( chargers heating footballs and chief having loud speakers in stadiums). It is ok though, the Patriots to me represents something that I strive for and this book well represented that and I recommend this book to others that like football and conspiracy theories.
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By Hammer8 on September 17, 2012
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Really enjoyed reading through this one. The book covers a lot of details not widely covered by the media and lets you conclude for yourself what exactly happened with Spygate. Great read if you're an NFL fan.
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